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Fundamentals of Search and Rescue

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Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (FUNSAR) is the only resource that covers Search and Rescue Technician (SARTECH) III & II requirements.

Providing an overview of all aspects of search and rescue procedures and equipment, FUNSAR teaches the essential techniques employed by nearly all search and rescue personnel.  FUNSAR offers an in-depth and practical approach to search and rescue and is recommended for all emergency responders.  Ideal for both paid and unpaid professionals, this resource is recommended for any person who functions on search and rescue missions as a field searcher.  FUNSAR offers an excellent mix of photos and illustrations, pullout boxes, key terms, survival methods, and numerous forms and checklists.

FUNSAR is recommended for any person who functions on search and rescue missions as a field searcher. Ideal for professionals and volunteers alike, this text offers:

  • An excellent mix of photos and illustrations depicting the technical aspects of the SAR experience.
  • Pullout boxes, called "SAR tips", to emphasize key points.
  • Important Search and Rescue terms highlighted throughout the text.
  • Several rescue and suvival methods illustrated in each chapter with photos showing examples of the equipment and clothing discussed.
  • Appendix including the SAR Track ID Form, Briefing and Debriefing Checklists, the Missing Person Questionnaire, the SAR Equipment List, selected ICS Forms, and the complete ICS Glossary.

The SARTECH II written exams includes questions on the following topics, all covered in the Fundamentals of Search and Rescue text:

  • Incident Command System
  • Basic Survival
  • SAR Clothing
  • Improvising
  • Environmental Hazards and First Aid
  • SAR Ready Pack
  • Personal Equipment
  • Travel Skills
  • Land Navigation & Orienteering
  • SAR Resources
  • Search Philosophy
  • Search Tactics
  • Handling Evidence
  • Clue Consciousness
  • Search Operations
  • Tracking
  • Ropes & Rescue Equipment
  • Legal Aspects for the Searcher

The candidate's performance of SAR skills is evaluated at six practical exam stations involving:

  • Station #1: Land Navigation: Use of topographic maps and compass. Candidates complete a course over terrain commonly encountered in the operations area in a specified time frame, not to exceed 600 meters.
  • Station #2: Tracking: Candidates identify and mark a footprint track left by the evaluator and follow the track to its end.
  • Station #3: 24-hour Pack: Candidates demonstrate the ability to possess and pack the required SAR equipment and supplies efficiently.
  • Station #4: Rope Skills: Candidates demonstrate the ability to tie four basic knots and a harness with supplied rope and webbing.
  • Station #5: Route Search: Locating and labeling clues in a given area demonstrating the ability to detect 50 % of the clues using a route search tactic.
  • Station #6: Area Search: Locating and labeling clues in a given area demonstrating the ability to detect 50% of the clues using an area search tactic.

Applicable Courses

The SARTECH II level of certification is the intermediate level for SAR personnel. The level is recommended for any person who functions on SAR missions as field searchers.  Persons who obtain this certification are to function within the limits of the certification described in the NASAR standards for SARTECH II.

There are no prerequisites required for a person to challenge the SARTECH II examination. But certification history indicates persons who have had formal SAR training and experience on SAR missions successfully pass the examinations more frequently than others do. The examination consists of a 160 question written test covering the candidate's knowledge of search and rescue. A passing grade is 70 or above.

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